USF golf lands junior college national champ
USF men's golf coach Jim Fee returns all five starters from a 2009 team that finished fifth in the Big East, but he's picked up a significant addition this week with the signing of David Griffin, who just won a junior college individual national championship at Rend Lake College in Illinois.
"He's a very good player and a great student -- he's only made one B while here at Rend Lake," Warriors coach Dave Smith said Tuesday. "He hits it a long way, but he's very consistent."
Griffin, from Effingham, Ill., won the Division II NJCAA championship in May in Scottsboro, Ala., shooting an opening-round 66 and winning a three-man playoff on the second hole. He was named a PING All-American, and you can read more about Griffin's championship on Rend Lake's official site.
-- More news on USF hosting a Youth Impact Program camp for at-risk middle schoolers over the next five weeks. This release says that Bulls players George Selvie, Dontavia Bogan and Delbert Alvarado will be working with the camp, and Jessie Hester is volunteering as well. Former 49ers star Riki Ellison is the program's chairman and has mentioned the camp at USF on his Twitter.com page.
-- West Virginia freshman quarterback Eugene Smith, who strongly considered USF, has a broken bone in his foot that will sideline him up to six weeks, according to the Morgantown Dominion Post.
-- Was able to attend the last Around the Horns dinner at Tampa Palms Golf & Country Club on Monday night, and emcee Jim Louk made a point to mention that Wednesday is the fourth anniversary of USF raising a Big East flag from the admin building on campus to recognize officially joining the conference in 2005.
-- Another reason Wednesday is significant is it marks the first day in office for new Big East commissioner John Marinatto, and the end of Mike Tranghese's great run in the same role. Both of them had guest columns in today's Sporting News Today talking about the transition and the future of the league. ESPN.com's Brian Bennett also writes about the change atop the conference.
-- USF women's basketball coach Jose Fernandez mentioned it Monday, but rising senior guard Janae Stokes hit 116 3-pointers last season -- the sixth-most in any season in NCAA women's basketball history. The NCAA record is 126 ...
-- FOXsports.com's Jeff Goodman already has an early mock NBA Draft for 2010, and he has just three Big East players in his projected first round -- Georgetown's Greg Monroe is 12th, West Virginia's Devin Ebanks 20th and UConn's Kemba Walker 29th. All would be leaving after their sophomore seasons.
-- Florida volleyball coach Mary Wise has high praise for USF as she announces the Gators schedule on Gatorcountry.com. "We have the opportunity to play in Tampa against a South Florida team that is really making a move," says Wise, who coached USF's Claire Lessinger at Florida.
-- The Anderson Independent Mail in South Carolina is taking shots at Tampa's hosting the ACC championship game, calling it "a disaster." USF makes it in there too: "The University of South Florida of the Big East calls Tampa home," they write, "but the closest big-name school is the Florida Gators."
-- Just one blog, but Buildingthedam.com has two sets of bowl predictions: one picks USF to go to the Papajohns.com Bowl in Birmingham to play Kentucky, the other has USF in Toronto for the International Bowl against Central Michigan. (That's not going to happen.) One version has Rutgers facing Rice in the St. Petersburg Bowl, the other has Connecticut vs. Florida Atlantic. Then again, one version has West Virginia in the Sun Bowl and no Big East team in the BCS, so take it all with a grain of salt.